How to adopt a child? Are there things I should know before starting the process?

How to adopt a child? Are there things I should know before starting the process?

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         Before starting the adoption process, it is important to get as educated as you possibly can. Before you even decide to adopt, make sure you're doing it for the right reasons. A lot of people adopt to 'rescue' a child, but that's not how it works- especially if you're talking about domestic infant adoption. Here is an article about other things that need to be addressed before you decide to adopt.

         Another thing you should decide is exactly what kind of adoption you want. There are three basic types- foster, domestic, and international. Here are some great resources that provide a ton of information about the different kinds of adoption, as well as the pros and cons of each.

         The next thing you need to do is get the ball rolling on the actual adoption process. For all three types of adoption, a home study, along with lots and lots of paperwork, are required. For international and domestic adoption, you will need to figure out how to pay for it, as it can cost anywhere between $20-50,000. Here is a very thorough explanation of the ins and outs of all the requirements and steps you need to take to adopt a child, as well as a link to learn about ways to afford adoption.

        Lastly, before you adopt, please educate yourself on open adoption. Birth parents matter, and your child deserves to know them. Check this link out to learn more about what open adoption is, and why it's so necessary.

    I hope you have found these resources helpful. Best of luck on your adoption journey!
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